Friday, 6 April 2018

Charm Patterns - Rita Blouse

I wanted this pattern as soon as I saw it, because it is the peasant blouse pattern of my dreams!  I have already made two of these blouses, and will be making more.  The first one was made last year after I made my first Sew Over It Eve Dress, and I realised I had enough fabric for the top. 


The pattern has four different cup sizes, which is brilliant.  I made a size 6, C cup with no mods and love how it turned out, but felt that I could go up a size in the cup and also add some length. 


For my second version I used the D Cup bodice piece, as I felt I wanted a few more gathers in the front, and I'm happier with it.  But I didn't add any length simply because I didn't have enough fabric!  

 

The green and white fabric is Feather Print Javanese Viscose which I got from Abakhan Fabrics, and other fabric is also a viscose which was from from Oh Sew Crafty, and is called "Beautiful Peacock Plumage Tail Feathers" - it was the left overs from my second Eve dress.  As this one is a directional print, I had to get creative with a seam on the centre back piece - I think I got away with it in the busy print!


The pattern instructions are fantastic, and really easy to follow.  The zip is inserted upside down, and I struggled a bit to get the first top over my bust with the end of the zip stopping at the mark on the pattern.  So I replaced the zip, and moved it further up towards the underarm and the problem was solved.


The innards were french seamed on both tops, and I used bias tape for finishing the neckline and sleeves - the instructions want you to press and turn under the neck/sleeve edge.  After having trouble with turning under on this dress, it's bias tape all the way for me (see the above photo), and these little Hemline Bodkin thingies make light work of inserting the elastic, although I used less elastic on the neckline than noted on the instructions.


I love these tops, and will make more.  I also wanted to try and hack it into a dress for my Make Nine challenge, and (spoiler!) it was finished it yesterday and it's amazing!  But it deserves a post of its own.



Have a great weekend,

Lynne

12 comments:

  1. Great fit Lynne and I love your fabric choices. May I ask what pattern you used for your skirt, please?

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    1. Thanks Lorna! Should have mentioned the skirt pattern! It's the Grainline Studio Moss Skirt. Here's a link to my post about it:

      https://ozzyblackbeard.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/grainline-studio-moss-skirt.html

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  2. Your blouses are so cute! They suit you to a Tee - I've always avoided blouses like these because I'm just too busty and fear looking too much like a cartoon character out of Lil' Abner :) I have the Moss skirt pattern and you've reminded me I meant to make up one of these in a denim. I need a denim skirt - maybe 2 :)

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  3. Such lovely tops Lynne! Fabulous fabrics too.

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  4. Love both of these, but especially the green one, it is so spring-like!

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    1. Thanks Helen! I love the green one, the colour is fab!

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  5. Lovely tops Lynne! Looking forward to seeing your dress version!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! I'm loving the dress version, it's amazing.

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  6. I WANT this pattern as soon as I saw yours. It looks so easy to wear and so flattering.

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    1. Thanks Ruth! You wonlt be disappointed, it's a gorgeous pattern, and the instructions ae brilliant.

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